Volleyball hosts A-Sun leaders starting Friday
The JU volleyball team will finally return to Swisher Gymnasium, starting Friday against A-Sun leader Lipscomb at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (10-11, 3-3 A-Sun), who play Belmont on Saturday at 5 p.m., will spend seven of their final 10 contests at home as they battle for a spot into the A-Sun Tournament.

“These matches will be a good measuring stick to see where we stand with the leaders in our conference," JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. "Physically, we match up well, but we are going to have to work on our consistency this weekend.”

Up and down weeks continue to plague the Dolphins as they split matches on their final long road trip of the season last weekend.

The Dolphins opened the trip with a 3-1 win at ETSU on Oct. 7. Senior Kathryn Kane tallied 12 kills and seven digs to pace the Dolphins in just her third match back from an ankle injury. Sophomore Kylie Jacob posted 10 kills, while senior Ashley August added 18 digs and sophomore Kendall Courtney tallied 36 assists.

The next day was a different story after JU took a 3-2 loss to USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Senior Alliya Drzewiecki (20) and Jacob (19) each posted career-bests in kills to lead the Dolphins who finished with match-highs in points (77) and hitting percentage (.246).

The Spartans secured the final two sets to get the win with the help of three players with double-digit kills, led by Morgan Thomas’ 15 strikes.

Kane added 18 kills and 15 digs in the loss, while sophomore Alyssa Robertson rounded out the offense with 10 kills. Courtney had assists on 62 of JU’s 77 kills and August chipped in with 23 digs.

The Lady Bisons (11-6, 5-0) is on a nine-match winning streak since their last loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 9. They secured a 3-2 win over the Bruins (13-7, 4-1) on Oct. 6.

Kaycee Green leads the Lady Bisons with 226 kills and Katie Rose is second with 184 strikes. Stephanie Rex has a team-best 217 digs.

The Bruins had a seven-winning match streak with their loss to Lipscomb last week.

Maggie Johnson paces Belmont in kills (339) and ranks second in digs (249). Jen Myer is the next closet in kills with 223, while Jaime Lundstrom has a team-high 356 digs.

Last season, the Dolphins dropped 3-0 decisions to Lipscomb and Belmont, respectively, in Nashville.

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